Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Trusted CI at PEARC`18


PEARC 18 (July 22-26) in Pittsburgh, PA, is just around the corner, and Trusted CI will be have a strong presence there. The conference is an all-inclusive event for scientists, engineers, scholars, artists, and educators who depend on efficient, secure, and reliable digital infrastructure. This year's theme is seamless creativity. 

Trusted CI staff will present workshops on both practical information security for science projects and guidance on building security into the development, packaging, distribution, and management of software in support of science and research. The first, entitled “Practical Cybersecurity Programs for Science Projects and Facilities,” delves into the foundational elements of a cybersecurity program necessary to provide a secure and safe environment for science, focusing on the four pillars of such a program: Alignment to Mission - identification of critical resources and processes; Resources - money, people; Governance - roles and responsibilities, risk management and acceptance, policies; Controls - selecting a good baseline control set, and will include guidance on maintaining and evaluating an established cybersecurity program. The latter, “Software Engineering Practice for Science, Research, and Scientific CI” will introduce the Software Engineering Guide which provides guidance and tools for building security into the development, packaging, distribution, and management of software in support of science and research -- participants will leave with a strategy for improving security in any performance computing or scientific CI project that uses or produces software, and a preview of new tools coming out of the NSF CCoE for software security programs.

Along with the two workshops, Trusted CI’s Von Welch will moderate a panel following Anita Nikolich’s keynote talk, Hacking Academia, that will strive to echo a “fireside question & answers” session with Ms. Nikolich, further exploring key concepts exposed in her keynote that will discuss the necessity of feedback loops between the academic community, cybersecurity operators and underground security researchers.

Finally, Trusted CI is proud to announce that this year it will be participating in PEARC’s Partner Program, and thus, will have a table in the exhibitor’s area to network. So, if you attend the conference, stop by and say hello.

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